1962 Volvo P1800
Location: Churchton, MD, United States
This well-preserved and largely original 1962 Volvo P1800, is no. 3,769 of the first production run of 6,000 Jensen P1800s. It was constructed by Volvo at Jensen Motors Limited in West Bromwich, England on June 15, 1962. The chassis No. is P18394VA. It was first delivered to US dealer no. 7511. The build sheet (available) verifies that the original Volvo B-18 engine, No. 4548, remains fitted. The car is repainted in the original Gray Metallic, paint code 71. This car was not factory ordered with the optional electronic overdrive. It has the standard Volvo 4-speed M-40 transmission. This results in the car being high revving at freeway speeds and feels more like a sprint car. Available to the buyer without charge, is a complete, but not rebuilt 1972 P1800E drivetrain — a B20E engine, transmission and Laycock overdrive, which could be fitted to this car. The car is complete, and runs and drives nicely. Attention to detail and originality has been the goal in bringing the car back on the road, after it was purchased by the present owner in 2016. The SU carburetors have been rebuilt and micro-polished by PalTech. The brake booster was replaced with an original unit from CVI in Sweden. The seats (red leather) and carpet (german square loop wool) were fitted by p1800.com in East Sandwich, MA. The radio is a Blaupunkt Volvo-branded original vintage (operates). The disk and drum brake systems were restored. The fuel tank and connections were replaced. All of the large factory chrome is original and has been restored as needed. The cow-horn bumpers are new stainless reproductions. A 123 electronic ignition is fitted for reliability. The original distributor is available. Starter, generator and water pump are new. Clutch, clutch plate, bearing and main bearing seal are new. The glass is original and in nice condition. All door, hood, trunk and window rubber seals are replaced with reproduction replicas. Sound insulation has been added inside the doors and under the carpets. The ‘62 had city and country horns and these remain functional. A new stainless 2-inch exhaust system sourced from VP Autoparts has been fitted also with a subtle header system, replacing the factory exhaust manifold. Properly sized Koni shocks have been added. Proper vintage Lucas fog lamps are fitted on OEM Volvo mounts. The headlights are Hella flat-front DOT compliant. The Smith’s gauges operate properly. The original clock is intermittent at best. There is no apparent rust on the vehicle. It appears that the car was undercoated upon factory delivery and that undercoating remains. The tires are Conti Contact radials, just slightly wider in profile than the OEM tire size. The original Bacolite steering wheel has been clad in walnut to replicate the rare Volvo wood steering wheel option. It is indistinguishable from the original. The car is currently fitted with 1963-vintage P1800 hubcaps, but the rare 1962 original hubcaps are included in the sale. They are said to be made of “unobtanium”. A starting and driving video is available. The car is available for inspection in suburban Annapolis, Maryland.
Listing Source: Hemmings.com (2607654)
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